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Advice for Dealing with a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

If you’re diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. Although receiving a MS diagnosis can feel scary, the fact that there are over two million people around the world with this condition means your treatment doesn’t have to start from scratch. Instead, you can take advantage of what others have learned as they’ve gone through their journey with this disease:

Reduce Stress

Even for someone without MS, completely eliminating stress from their life isn’t a realistic goal. However, managing stress to increase energy and improve one’s overall sense of well-being is an attainable goal for people with and without MS. The first step in this process is identifying key areas of stress. Once you do that through a technique like journaling or speaking to a counselor, you’ll be able to focus on getting your stress under control with the help of strategies like meditation exercises.

Stay Active

In addition to the standard benefits of exercise, some of the key reasons it’s especially important for those with MS is because it helps keep sleep patterns consistent, regulate bowel movements and keep appetite in check. Exercising on a regular basis also means you won’t have to worry about the variety of complications that can arise from inactivity. Depending on your starting strength and condition, the exercise you choose can be anything from walking to Tai Chi.

Pay Attention to Nutrition

Although there’s not an official MS diet, people with this disease who focus on eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as lean sources of protein, report the highest overall quality of life. Certain supplements like oleic acid and vitamin C can also be very helpful. There’s anecdotal evidence that the former reduces the frequency of MS attacks, while the latter can reduce the likelihood of urinary tract infections.

Put the Right Equipment to Use

Orthotics, walkers, canes, leg braces and wheelchairs are the five most common types of medical equipment used by people with multiple sclerosis. Since every case of MS has its own unique traits and challenges, we offer a variety of all five products. To see our exact inventory, simply use the search box to pull up the type of product you’re interested in. And if you have any questions about our selection, a specific product or payment options like Medicaid and Medicare, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 303-423-0191.